Beirut is the capital city of Lebanon, and also its largest metropolis and main seaport. It is one of the oldest cities in the world.
Situated on the Mediterranean at the midway point of Lebanon's coastline, Beirut is the country's seat of government and major economic center. It has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years, and is sometimes nicknamed the "Paris of the East." Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on Beirut.
Deeply divided when it comes to fans' favorite teams, Lebanon's football mania took a nasty turn when one fan was stabbed for criticizing Germany's losing performance in the World Cup. Anchal Vohra reports from Beirut.
On this week's show: Meet the Colombian woman and former refugee who's now helping Venezuelans who are fleeing the dire conditions in their country. We also find out how a unique food project in Beirut is using cuisine to bring rival factions together to let off steam in what is the pressure cooker of Lebanese politics and religion.
Despite the horrors of Lebanon's recent civil war, the capital Beirut is fighting to restore its former glory. Countless initiatives aiming to bridge political and religious differences have sprung up in the city. One of them was launched by Kamal Mouzawak, and it's called Souk El Tayeb. He's hoping to promote understanding between cultures, by appealing to his patron's stomachs.
Beirut in Lebanon is a cultural hub in the Middle East, though nothing much happens outside the capital. But that could be about to change: a young actor based in the south of the country has decided to transform old abandoned cinemas into cultural hubs, where young people can study drama and watch films for free.